イスラエルとUAEが国交を正常化するって,どう思う?

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・イスラエルとUAEが国交を正常化するって,どう思う?

・Fruit Flies Like a Banana

・英語の記事をどうぞ

・今週の注目Blog&記事

・編集後記  

  総合商社は「おっさん」の世界?

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 長かった今年の梅雨が明けたと思ったら毎日35度を超える日が

続いていてエアコンが壊れていて熱中症になり亡くなった方の

ニュースが流れています。


充分お気をつけてお過ごし下さい。


さて、今週の世界を揺るがすニュースといえば何でしょう?


やはり、イスラエルとUAEの国交正常化でしょうね。

日本人にとってはあまりピンとこないかも知れませんが、


外国人の友人が

「イスラエルとUAEが国交を正常化するって。信じられないね。」

と言ったらあなたはどのように答えられるでしょうか?


私たち日本人は、イスラエル建国の歴史もあまり良くわかっていないかも知れません。


でも国内に多くのユダヤ人がいて、紀元前から続くイスラエルとパレスチナの

問題に加え、第二次世界大戦後の1948年のイスラエル建国を後押しした

英米、そしてアラブ諸国については非常に大きな問題です。


したがって、グローバルに活躍を目指すあなたとしては、多少なりとも

背景を知っておくことが、外国人とのコミュニケーションに役立つと

思われます。


しかしながら同じ問題でも、当然ながら取り上げる国によってその見方は

大きく異なるのでそれぞれのニュースを見ることが大切です。


幸いなことに、それぞれの国が英語で情報を発信しているので、

英語がわかれば世界が見えてきます。


●Israel and the UAE establish 'full normalization of relations'

CNN

https://cnn.it/2XYR1UA


●Israel and UAE strike historic deal to normalise relations

BBC

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53770859


●How did Israel and the UAE get to normalising relations?

ALJAZEERA カタールの新聞

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/israel-uae-normalising-relations-200814105701641.html


●Iran: UAE-Israel normalization strategic folly that boosts resistance

Press TV イランのニュース

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/08/14/631756/www.presstv.tv


●Israel Suspends West Bank Annexation in Deal to Normalize

Relations With the UAE

HAARETZ イスラエルのニュース

https://bit.ly/31UB6rr





●Turkey mulls suspending diplomatic relations with UAE over Israel deal

TRTWORLD トルコのニュース

https://bit.ly/3asYh03




●イスラエルとUAE 国交正常化で合意 パレスチナ側が猛反発

NHK

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200814/k10012566521000.html


●【解説】イスラエルとUAEが国交正常化、なぜトランプ大統領は「歴史的成果」と

アピールしたのか?

BUSINESS INSIDER

https://www.businessinsider.jp/post-218417


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■Fruit Flies Like a Banana


Characters:     C - Chan;     A - Akimi


A GV and a learner in class talking about proverbs


C: First of all, I’d like to commend you on your achievement.

 This day marks the first year of your English studies.

 Congratulations and BRAVO!

A: Thank you very much! It was pretty hard but it was also fun.

  I was confused with many things and I really needed to

 study and listen to my CD regularly. One year is not enough.

 I believe I need to do a lot more.

C: Well, no need to be so modest. You did a fine job. You’re really

 at a good pace in your studies.

A: Thank you for taking care of me.

C: You just moved up from level 3 to 4. So, would you like to

 say any words to commemorate this milestone in your study?

A: I am worried about the TOEIC exam. Hahaha

C: Come now. With your skills, I believe you’ll get a good score.

A: I hope so. Studying English is fun and interesting,

 but sometimes it’s quite perplexing. I still remember the

 expression I used before, “time flies”. When you told me the whole

 expression, I got really confused.

C: Oh, I remember that. Hahaha. “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies

 like a banana”.

A: At first, I got really dumbfounded.

C: I’m sure you can explain it now, right?

A: Absolutely! Hahaha. First, it uses "flies" as a verb in the first part.

 Then it uses "flies” as a noun in the next part. It uses "like" as

 a preposition and then "like" as a verb. It’s tricky because

 the structure of the two parts is so identical.

C: You got it!  I’m proud of you! Best of luck on the TOEIC exam.



●Vocabulary:


commend             称賛する

“Bravo”            「お見事!」

“No need to be so modest”   「謙譲しなくてもいい」

“You did a fine job”     「よくできたね」

Pace               スピード、速度

Move up             (レベルが)上がる

“Would you like to say any words…”  「一言をください」

Commemorate           記念する

Milestone            節目

“Come now”          「まあまあ」(緊張している人に言う言葉)

Perplexing            ややこしい、複雑な

“Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana” 光陰のごとし。ミバエはバナナが好き。

                             *構文的な曖昧さによる言葉遊びの一つ

Dumbfounded          無言ほど驚いた

“Absolutely”        「もちろん」

Tricky            (問題が)複雑、難しい

Identical           全く同じ

“You got it” 「       良く分かったね」

“Best of luck”       「うまくいくように」




●Comprehension Questions


1. Why did Chan want to commend Akimi?


 a. Because Akimi graduated from university

 b. Because this day marks Akimi’s first year in studying English

 c. Because Akimi is pregnant

 d. Because Akimi was promoted and she is now the branch manager


2. Why does Chan think Akimi is being modest?


 a. Because Akimi always wears long blouses and skirts and she doesn’t like to wear short   

   and skimpy clothes

 b. Because Akimi only buys cheap food

 c. Because, even if Akimi did a fine job in her studies, she still thinks she needs to do

   a lot more

 d. Because she likes to save money


3. How did Akimi explain “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana” ?


 a. Time flies and fruit flies are two different kinds of flies. Time flies like eating

   arrows while fruit flies like eating bananas

 b. Time can fly so fast just like an arrow while fruits can fly so fast just like a

    banana

 c. Time and fruits are similar just like arrows and bananas

 d. It uses "flies" as a verb in the first part. Then it uses "flies” as a n